Preparedness of anesthesiologists working in humanitarian disasters

Rössler, Bernhard and Marhofer, Peter and Hüpfl, Michael and Peterhans, Bernadette and Schebesta, Karl. (2013) Preparedness of anesthesiologists working in humanitarian disasters. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness, Vol. 7, H. 4. pp. 408-412.

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Many skills needed to provide patients with safe, timely, and adequate anesthesia care during humanitarian crisis and disaster relief operations are not part of the daily routine before deployment. An exploratory study was conducted to identify preparedness, knowledge, and skills needed for deployment to complex emergencies.; Anesthesiologists who had been deployed during humanitarian crisis and disaster relief operations completed an online questionnaire assessing their preparedness, skills, and knowledge needed during deployment. Qualitative data were sorted by frequencies and similarities and clustered accordingly.; Of 121 invitations sent out, 55 (46%) were completed and returned. Of these respondents, 24% did not feel sufficiently prepared for the deployment, and 69% did not undertake additional education for their missions. Insufficient preparedness involved equipment, drugs, regional anesthesia, and related management.; As the lack of preparation and relevant training can create precarious situations, anesthesiologists and deploying agencies should improve preparedness for anesthesia personnel. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2013;0;1-5).
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
UniBasel Contributors:Peterhans, Bernadette
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Cambridge Univ. Press]
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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